One of the things I love most about being around my brothers and sisters in Christ is the example they set for me. Without being aware, they tend to amaze me with their love for Christ and for others. I got to see this faith in action in a seemingly small act that still has me smiling. Last weekend, I went over to a friend’s house so we could deliver some things to Tushka. Before heading out, I called a friend there to see if we could gather anything else up before we headed out. She had said that her mother had lost her house in the tornado, and had nothing but the clothes on her back. I told her we could go find her a few changes of clothes and some toiletries, and bring them with us. After hanging up the phone, I told my friends about the woman and told them her sizes. It just so happened that the wonderful woman I was with was that exact same size! She and her husband immediately went into action, and began to pack a bag full of things for the stranger they never met. My friend came out of her bedroom with a brand new navy blue wind suit set complete with a jacket, pants, and a navy and white striped shirt. She said she had just bought it, and it would be a good outfit for the lady in need. Without hesitation, she threw it in the bag, along with a few other outfits, and we headed out the door. Most of us would grab something that we had worn time and time again, and toss it in the bag and forget it. This woman gave something that she bought just for herself to wear, and without even getting a chance to sport the cute outfit, she gave it to someone in need. Because of her deep love for her Father, she gave what most would not be willing to give up, she died to self, and lived for that moment to serve.
In Mathew chapter twenty-two starting with verse 37, Jesus states, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” I have been so blessed to see this commandment in action, and hope that I have shown others this in action as well. Without knowing it, my friend re-affirmed my faith in Christ, and this happens each and every time I see others serve Him. I believe this is why these two commandments are so important, they show love and respect to our Creator, love and respect to our neighbors, and it fills our hearts with a new and fresh perspective on what it means to love God and our neighbors, and encourages us to do more. It shines a light to those who are lost in darkness, and this simple act begs them to come to the light and share in its warmth.
I thank God for the examples of love and service that He has placed around me, and I am thankful for the lessons in kindness that these acts bring. We should all strive to give, serve, and love whenever we have the chance. Opportunities like this are all around us. Proverbs 3:27 states, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” Verse 28 goes on to say, “Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come back later, and tomorrow I will give it.’ When you have it with you.” Give when it is needed, and do not withhold what you have. God has freely given us His son, eternal life with Him, and earthly blessings to accommodate us while we wait on the Lord. Let us all strive to sacrifice in this same manner, today and everyday.